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A subway mural (above) is featured in Immigrant Trails (Gotham Gazette), a guide to ethnic splendors in Brooklyn.

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The fiercely competitive Chinatown buses (Gotham Gazette) have become a popular discovery among budget travelers.

n the move? While many New Yorkers are skipping town to escape the summer heat, immigrants have a new reason to stay put. The Immigration and Naturalization Services will begin to enforce a 50-year-old law that requires noncitizens to report a change of address within 10 days of moving. Failure to do so could result in 30 days in jail. The reason for the sudden enforcement, says U.S. Attorney General John Aschcroft, is "to locate quickly an alien if removal proceedings must be initiated." (Associated Press). This comes at a time when the immigration service itself may be moving. President George Bush, having abandoned the idea of splitting the agency, wants the entire agency to be put under the newly established Department of Homeland Security. But in late July the House of Representatives voted to keep the immigrant services half with the Department of Justice (Washington Post).

Another reason to stay in New York: the New York State Assembly passed a law allowing illegal immigrants to pay the same tuition for public universities as other residents of the state (Newsday).

But the city's immigrants are not immune to travel. Some are engaged in a burgeoning bus business in Chinatown. Some provide a chance to travel the world while staying in Brooklyn.

In this, the first anniversary edition of The Citizen, a web site that is itself on the move, we also look at immigrant reaction to the six plans for the World Trade Center site; how the Regents exams are bad news for immigrant students; some unique signs of a depressed economy in immigrant communities ... and much more.


Six Plans, Two Languages
How are people in New York’s immigrant communities reacting to the six plans released in July by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation? Chinese and Spanish language papers followed the story closely.

Chinese Community Disappointed By WTC Plans
From World Journal

Many New Yorkers Rejected The Six Plans
From Hoy

One Man's Table, Another's Garbage
From World Journal
The Fifth Police Precinct in Chinatown warned Columbus Park visitors, mostly Chinese senior citizens, that they will confiscate the foldable chairs and make-shift tables, which, they say, made the park overly crowded and dirty.

Drowned In Trash
From Russian Bazaar
An editorial piece warns of the forthcoming garbage disaster because of the new rules of recycling.


Expressing Herself
From Ydiot America
An interview with Israeli immigrant Lika Ramati, owner of Yaffa Café, which she would never open in Israel "because of the situation... [but] this is New York and people do not eat at home."

The Way She Was
From Ecuador News
A package from Ecuador brings back so many memories of the people Maria had left behind.

How Does One Succeed in America?
From The Russian Community and Business
Russian artist Samuel Kaplan's life story from Kiev to New York City and his famous landscape paintings.


Good Will Hunting
From JoongAng
After decreased funding from the New York City government, Korean non-profit organizations hope to rely more on donations to continue their services.

Two More Filipinos Ordered Deported
From Filipino Reporter
Days after 62 Filipino nationals were deported, two more with outstanding deportation orders have been arrested and jailed by U.S. immigration agents.

When You Spy Upon A Star
From Indian Times
India's superstar Samyuktha Varma and her family were stopped and questioned by the police at La Guardia Airport after a passenger informed the flight crew that the family was conversing excitedly in an alien language and engaged in "suspicious actions."

Regents Exams Rule, Immigrant Students Drop Out
From Gotham Gazette
More immigrants are dropping out of high school because of the "one-size-fits-all policy" from the New York State Board of Regents.

A Piece Of Ireland In Manhattan
From Irish Echo
At its opening, the Irish Hunger Memorial stunned onlookers with the unconventional way it commemorates the Irish Famine.


Where Have The Lovers Gone?
From Sing Tao Daily
Chinatown jewelers have experienced a rapid decline in business, especially a lowered demand for engagement rings.

Back To Korea
From JoongAng
As the unemployment rate continues to rise in the United States, more and more Korean international students in New York are returning to Korea.

Polish Dream, American Reality
From Nowy Dziennik
Polish students cannot find the jobs of their dreams. A tight market leaves them with only menial jobs.


Excusez Moi!
From France-Amerique
In a letter responding to last month’s article, Arnaud Thieffry argues that there are plenty of Francophone associations in New York City, One just has to look.

In-laws In India
From Indian Tribune
A woman asks for advice on how to deal with her in-laws from "Dear Uncle," an advice column by Dr. Bharat Thakkar.


The Heat Is On
From El Diario
Despite the fact that the season for heating ended May 31st, many apartments in the public housing complex Sack Wern Houses of Clason Point Gardens, in the Bronx, are still getting heat.

Two Million Per Year
From El Diario
Convicted of a crime he did not commit, Angelo Martínez is suing the State of New York for $50 million for unjustly sentencing him to 25 years in prison.

Chinese-American Appointed to City Charter Commission
From Sing Tao Daily
Mayor Bloomberg appointed Wellington Chen, an active member of the Flushing community, to the New York City Charter Revision Commission.

Beyond Territory
From Hoy
As their constitution turns 50, Puerto Ricans continue to be divided about the future of the island's status.

We call this section The Citizen because all New Yorkers are citizens of the city, whatever their federal immigration status. We thus restore the word "citizen" to its root in the word "city."

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